Since early this morning I’ve worked hard all day,
a few naps in between, a few moments of play.
I’ve helped in the garden, helped hand out the hay,
helped feed the chickens, helped put laundry away.
I wore my prettiest smile all of the day.
But now here I sit soaking away in the ol’ ranch tub
with a pout on my face and nothing to say.
It’s not that warm water’s not nice or that bubbles aren’t fun…
bath time means bedtime, the day is all done.
Jennifer M. Ward copyright 2007
The inspiration for this, Graphite Pencil on Illustration Board, was drawn from a black and white photograph that my sister had taken of her daughter in the kitchen sink, at the Bar S Ranch in Northwestern Arizona, which had been her bath tub since the day she was born. Many of the old ranch houses in Arizona were not originally built to include a bath tub as the remote locations and the primitive roads that led up to the ranch houses made the hauling of a heavy, cast iron tub a luxury that could be done without. ’Kitchen sinks’ were generally basins, either indoors or outside, large enough to accommodate a great variety of tasks including use as a bath tub.
This piece was awarded 3rd Place in the Professional Pencil Class in the 2008 Pima County Fair.
And, is displayed on www.airforcegallery.com in the Air Combat Command, Davis Monthan AFB 2010 Exhibit Gallery.